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Graphene to overcome supersonic engine speed limits

US research engineers at Princeton plan to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles of graphene can help supersonic jets fly faster and make diesel engines cleaner and more efficient.   Physorg.com reports that to create the graphene particles, researchers will remove carbon dioxide molecules from graphite oxide which leaves a irregular bond pattern that creates […]

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VIDEO: Zero emissions aircraft makes first flight

The world’s first piloted aircraft capable of taking to the air using only power from fuel cells has flown, producing zero carbon dioxide emissions during the landmark mission. Click here to watch the video.  The Antares DLR-H2 – developed by the German Aerospace Centre DLR together with Lange Aviation, BASF Fuel Cells and Denmark’s Serenergy […]

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Pentagon looks to catapults to launch aircraft

Proving that defence kit boffins are really just big schoolboys at heart, FutureProof gets wind  of the Pentagon awarding half a billion dollars to develop a radical new electromagnetic catapult, intended to toss navy jets off future aircraft carriers. The Electro Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) could replace Cold War-era steam catapults after it was […]

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Flying farther: Singaporean fuel cell boosts UAV capabilities

Aeropak, the latest in fuel cell power systems, could increase the flight endurance of small and stealthy electric unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by as much as 300 per cent, making them more effective in persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The new fuel cell system, developed by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, is also designed for high-impact and able to operate […]

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Wings that waggle could cut emissions by 20%

Wings which force air to waggle sideways could cut airline fuel bills by 20% according to research funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Airbus. The new approach, which promises to dramatically reduce mid-flight drag, uses tiny air powered jets which redirect the air, making it flow sideways back and forth […]

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Hypersonic technology trial goes live

Australian and US scientists have successfully tested hypersonic aircraft technology which could revolutionise international flight. The Australian reports that t he trial was the first of up to 10 tests to be conducted at the Woomera desert range as part of a joint US-Australian military research operation. The programme, called Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation, is […]

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Pentagon joins Boeing’s flying circus

US military research scientists at DARPA have asked Boeing for help in exploiting the aerodynamic benefits of formation flying to save fuel in military aircraft. Called “Formation Flight For Aerodynamic Benefit”, the effort builds on previous work by NASA in 2001-2002 which used a pair of specially instrumented F18 jets. According to the report on those trials, significant performance benefits were obtained […]

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VIDEO: Nature’s shape shifters reveal hover secrets

You’d be justifiably alarmed to see an aircraft’s wing twist through 45 degrees, but the flapping wings of a hoverfly deform like this 300 times every second. Add to this a large flap which flips up at right angles to the rest of the wing during manoeuvres, and you have what is generally termed an “unconventional” […]

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NASA’s brain-dump spins off

NASA has managed to tick all the green boxes with their latest effort to link algae-based fuel production with a cheap method of sewage treatment – growing algae for biofuel in plastic bags full of shite floating in the ocean. The effort which comes out of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, has three goals: […]

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Cancer scanning technology detects explosives

Manchester Airport will be the first in the UK to buy a scanning system used in cancer hospitals to detect explosives in luggage. It has ordered a Rapiscan RTT high-speed baggage screening system which uses computed tomography, or CT, scans of the type used in medicine to estimate the size of tumours. Airports generally use […]

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